Kawhi Leonard off US Olympic basketball team; name change for SDSU freshman – San Diego Union-Tribune

Lower than 24 hours after saying his balky proper knee “has been good to date” and he anticipated to swimsuit up for Crew USA’s exhibition sport towards Canada on Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, Kawhi Leonard shouldn’t be going to Paris for the Summer time Olympics.

USA Basketball introduced Wednesday morning that the San Diego State alum has been changed on the 12-man roster by Boston Celtics guard Derrick White.

“Kawhi has been ramping up for the Olympics over the previous a number of weeks and had just a few robust practices in Las Vegas,” USA Basketball stated in a press release from its pre-Olympics coaching camp at UNLV. “He felt able to compete. Nevertheless, he respects that USA Basketball and the Clippers decided it’s in his finest curiosity to spend the rest of the summer season making ready for the upcoming season reasonably than collaborating within the Olympic Video games in Paris.”

Leonard, 33, missed the ultimate eight video games of the NBA common season and many of the Clippers’ first-round collection towards Dallas with what was described as persistent irritation from a number of surgical procedures on his proper knee. He’s had two months off for the reason that Clippers had been eradicated, however the knee apparently has not responded like he had hoped.

There’s additionally this: The Clippers simply misplaced Paul George to free company they usually’re opening the $2 billion Intuit Dome in Inglewood. Proprietor Steve Ballmer, little question, was not eager on risking additional harm to the face of the franchise from a compressed Olympic event with six video games in 14 days.

Leonard missed the top of the 2021 playoffs after tearing his ACL, then the complete 2021-22 season, then appeared in solely two playoff video games in 2023 after tearing meniscus in the identical knee. He performed in 68 regular-season video games final season, his most since 2016-17, then shut it down halfway by way of the playoff collection towards the Mavericks.

Nonetheless, a day earlier he spoke optimistically concerning the career-long “dream” of including the interlocking rings to his legacy.

“Simply competing with these guys,” Leonard instructed media Tuesday about what he appeared ahead to most. “Seeing town of Paris, watching different Olympic Video games (occasions) and rooting for USA.”

Requested about his knee, he stated: “Yeah, I feel I’ll swimsuit up tomorrow (towards Canada). Every thing has been good to date. It’s been at a impartial state, and hopefully it stays that means.”

On recommendation he’d give different athletes about getting back from knee surgical procedure, he stated: “Simply keep true to your self, don’t skip any days in your rehab, and keep affected person. That’s all you are able to do. No matter occurs, occurs.”

Summer time league

The NBA’s Las Vegas Summer time League begins Friday, however former Aztec Keshad Johnson obtained a head begin with the Miami Warmth within the California Basic in San Francisco and Sacramento. In his first two video games, the 6-foot-7 ahead averaged 9.5 factors, 4.5 rebounds and made 3 of 8 3s,

Nathan Mensah, Johnson’s teammate within the 2023 run to the nationwide championship sport, additionally performed within the California Basic for the San Antonio Spurs after spending most of his rookie season with the Charlotte Hornets. In three video games, the 6-10 publish averaged 6.3 factors, 7.7 rebounds and a couple of.0 blocks.

Jaedon LeDee is taking part in for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who open their summer season video games Friday in Las Vegas together with the opposite 29 NBA franchises. The Spurs and Warmth start Saturday.

New residence

Keith Dinwiddie is on the transfer once more. The previous SDSU guard transferred to Weber State after two seasons as an Aztec, then Division II St. Mary’s of San Antonio final season.

Now he’s heading to Division II Chico State.

Dinwiddie was the Los Angeles Metropolis Part participant of the yr out of Fairfax Excessive College however by no means discovered his footing at SDSU, showing in 23 video games (and beginning as soon as) over two seasons with a excessive of 13 factors towards NAIA Saint Katherine. He began 11 video games in an injury-plagued yr at Weber State of the Massive Sky Convention, then averaged 10 factors (with a excessive of 23) whereas capturing 37.9 p.c from 3 whereas beginning 21 instances on a 12-16 St. Mary’s staff.

Notable

Incoming freshman 7-footer David Majak will drop his Americanized title and go by his South Sudanese first title of Thokbor. The right pronunciation is Thock-bore Might-zhok. … Stroll-on guard Ryan Schwarz entered the switch portal final spring however has opted to return to SDSU for 2024-25 together with fellow walk-ons Cam Lawin and Desai Lopez. Brown grad switch Kimo Ferrari is also technically a walk-on. … Former Aztecs teammates Matt Bradley and Adam Seiko are internet hosting a one-day youth skills camp on July 25 on the OC Hoop Legends facility in Lake Forest. … Mountain West basketball media day, when the preseason ballot will likely be launched, is scheduled for Oct. 17 in Las Vegas.

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